A life change story from Journey’s baptism service . . .
Before I trusted Jesus, I was spiritually bankrupt. I was lost. Uncertain. Negative. Jaded.
Angry. I let myself get so angry and so far away from God that I came very close to being an
atheist. I judged Christianity and the church by the people sitting inside rather than the reason I was there.
Our family has had many struggles that I wouldn’t wish on anyone the past 20 plus years, and I cursed at God every time. During that time, I had some successes and didn’t thank God. It never occurred to me that he was there the whole time.
I finally took my family to Journey Church one Sunday. The service was great, the members
were welcoming, and I left that day feeling great. But something was still missing. That
“something” was an emptiness in me. After years of disappointment, I was simply afraid. I was
still . . . angry.
Something happened. I was a bouncer at a bar downtown. We had several violent fights in the past, and this night was no different. My earpiece sounded: “We need help NOW!” I see three guys teaming up on a fellow bouncer. There was no time to talk, only engage. I feel something cold on my forehead. The guy I was trying to restrain had put a gun to my head. It was then that I heard the clack of the chamber as he pulled the trigger . . . the gun jammed.
I regained control and dropped the magazine from his gun. We rolled down the stairs before he ran out the front door. He was gone.
I turned to a young bouncer who is a devout Christian. We talked for four hours. He told me that I should no longer work there, and that God had protected me that night. I knew he was right.
In deciding to trust Jesus as the Lord of my life, I talked with friends. I researched. I felt a
Since deciding to trust in Jesus, I have been calmer to some degree, working on focusing on the positives and trying to improve as a husband/father/man/Christian. Thank God for saving me. I’m finally . . . ready.